Christmas Eve Services
Our annual Christmas Eve Candlelight/Communion services will be held on Wednesday, December 24th at 7:00 PM and again at 11:00 PM. Make one of these services a part of your Christmas tradition.

Remember, too, that the church will be closed on Christmas day. Our Christmas Sunday Service will be held on Sunday, December 21st at 10:00 AM, and our regular worship services will resume on Sunday, December 28th at 10:00 AM.

The UMM Christmas Tree Lot
The United Methodist Men want to thank everyone for supporting our Christmas tree lot this year. We are fast running out of trees, and we plan to close this lot on or shortly after this coming Saturday, December 14th. So, if you haven’t purchased your tree from us this year, your time is running short!

RESTORE’s Christmas Toy Store
RESTORE will be holding their annual Christmas Toy Store in Crichton Hall between Monday, December 15th and Friday, December, 19th. So all activities that would normally be held in the hall—such as scouts, Wonderful Wednesdays, etc.—will be suspended during that week in favor of Toy Store operations. Donations are still welcome—especially gifts for teenaged boys.

It’s Poinsettia Time Again!
It’s time to order your poinsettia’s again. Order them in honor or memory of someone you wish to be remembered this year. Each plant will cost $6.00 paid in advance. Order forms are available in the sanctuary or from the church office. The deadline for poinsettia orders is Wednesday, December 10th.

Confirmation Classes
Pastor Merritt is planning to hold Confirmation Classes early in 2015. If you have a child in 5th through 8th Grade who has not yet attended Confirmation classes, and would like them to do so, please contact the Pastor or the office soon.

Get Your RUMC Bumper Sticker
We have new attractive Riverview United Methodist Church bumper stickers. These stickers are freely available from the church office of in the foyer and vestibule of the sanctuary. There are also magnetic versions of the bumper sticker available. If you would like one, please increase your offering to the general fund by $5.00 (or whatever you can afford) to purchase one for your vehicle.

Register for the March Women’s Retreat
The Riverview United Methodist Women are planning to send a group to the Florida Conference Women’s Retreat on March 20-22, 2015 in Fruitland Park, Florida. If you are interested in attending, you must notify Kim Floyd, the President of our church’s UMW chapter. We are trying to get our registrations in as early as possible, since this mid-March retreat fills up quickly.



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Bible Message of the Week
“On Earth, Peace”

Nearby shepherds were living in the fields, guarding their sheep at night. The Lord’s angel stood before them, the Lord’s glory shone around them, and they were terrified.

The angel said, “Don’t be afraid! Look! I bring good news to you—wonderful, joyous news for all people. Your savior is born today in David’s city. He is Christ the Lord. This is a sign for you: you will find a newborn baby wrapped snugly and lying in a manger.” Suddenly a great assembly of the heavenly forces was with the angel praising God. They said, “Glory to God in heaven, and on earth peace among those whom he favors.”

When the angels returned to heaven, the shepherds said to each other, “Let’s go right now to Bethlehem and see what’s happened. Let’s confirm what the Lord has revealed to us.” They went quickly and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in the manger.

  When they saw this, they reported what they had been told about this child. Everyone who heard it was amazed at what the shepherds told them. Mary committed these things to memory and considered them carefully. The shepherds returned home, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen. Everything happened just as they had been told.

Luke 2:8-20 (CEB)

Calendar of Events

December 15-19
RESTORE's Christmas Toy Store.  Crichton Hall.

Sunday, December 21
Christmas Service.  Sanctuary, 10 AM.

Wednesday, December 24
Christmas Eve Candlelight/Communion Service.  Sanctuary, 7 PM and 11 PM.

Saturday, January 24, 2015
Tom Bandy Thriving Church Lecture.  First United Methodist Church, 72 Lake Morton Drive Lakeland, 2:30 PM – 5:00 PM.

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Rev. Merritt Waters, Pastor

Here at Riverview First United Methodist Church, it is our mission to win people to Christ, to train believers to become disciples, and to send disciples to impact our community and the world for Jesus Christ.
Download the December, 2014 BELL Newsletter from this link.

View pictures from our 2014 Harvest Festival at this webpage.
Christmas with Santa at the RUMC Christmas Tree Lot, 12/06/2014
Care Committee at Christmas with Santa at the RUMC Christmas Tree Lot, 12/06/2014